Communications Specialist for Institute of Technology in Architecture

50%-60%, Zurich, permanent

The Institute of Technology in Architecture (ITA) is a leading platform for research and teaching of technology in architecture, in disciplines such as structural design, digital fabrication, energy and building systems, building processes and computational design. The eight professorships and 200 members of ITA are involved in leading global research projects such as the Singapore-ETH Future Cities Lab, the EU Climate KIC and the Swiss Competence Center of Energy Research (SCCER). With four connected lab facilities, ITA features a globally unique experimental research infrastructure. The Robotic Fabrication Laboratory (RFL), the 3D Printing Lab, the Concrete Materials Lab and the Adaptive Building Systems Lab constitute a network of connected laboratories.
To take responsibility for communications as well as for internal and external public relations, the ITA is hiring a Communications Specialist (50-60%) to begin as soon as possible.

Job description

In this position, you are responsible to coordinate internal and external communication activities, including editing and translations, social media postings, website updates, as well as public relations and media work. Furthermore, you will coordinate the budgeting and communication of the institute's events, e.g. the regular institute lectures ("ITA on..." with up to 200 guests) and other events. In addition, you will coordinate guided tours for ETH Zurich's internal and external guests as well as large events with external organisations hosted in the Institute's building. You will be part of regular meetings with representatives of all institute units (eight professorships, research network NCCR Digital Fabrication and laboratory teams) as well as with the department, other ETH units and the ETH Foundation. The organisation and promotion of Architecture & Technology (A&T) Doctoral Fellowships - update calls, advertise internally and externally, handle the application process, organise interviews, communicate with candidates, etc. will be also a duty of yours. You will serve as an information point and you are the interface between A&T PhD Fellows, doctoral candidates, postdocs and Oberassistents and doctoral administration, ETH administration and professors.

Your profile

  • Highly organised, open and communicative person
  • Comfortable and resilient in a high-paced environment
  • Previous experience in a communications role
  • Excellent English language skills are required (at least C1 spoken and C2 written)
  • Excellent German language skills (C1 spoken and written)
  • Experience in an academic/university environment is helpful but not required
  • Interest in architecture, design, technology and/or engineering is a plus

Your workplace

Your workplace




We offer

We offer an active and enthusiastic network of communications specialists and administrative colleagues working within the Institute of Technology in Architecture and the National Centre for Competence in Research (NCCR) - Digital Fabrication. You will benefit from flexible working conditions including the possibility of partial home office. Furthermore, you will workplace in the Arch-Tec-Lab (building HIB) at ETH’s Hönggerberg campus and you will get opportunities to participate in a range of career and personal development courses offered by ETH Zurich.

Working, teaching and research at ETH Zurich

We value diversity

In line with our values, ETH Zurich encourages an inclusive culture. We promote equality of opportunity, value diversity and nurture a working and learning environment in which the rights and dignity of all our staff and students are respected. Visit our Equal Opportunities and Diversity website to find out how we ensure a fair and open environment that allows everyone to grow and flourish.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Short letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of 2 references or written testimonials/letters of recommendation from previous employers

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Institute of Technology in Architecture can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Claudia Janz, janz@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

For recruitment services, the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.

Curious? So are we.

We look forward to receiving your online application with the following documents:

  • Short letter of motivation
  • CV
  • Names and contact information of 2 references or written testimonials/letters of recommendation from previous employers

Please note that we exclusively accept applications submitted through our online application portal. Applications via email or postal services will not be considered.
Further information about the Institute of Technology in Architecture can be found on our website. Questions regarding the position should be directed to Claudia Janz, janz@arch.ethz.ch (no applications).

For recruitment services, the GTC of ETH Zurich apply.

About ETH Zürich

ETH Zurich is one of the world’s leading universities specialising in science and technology. We are renowned for our excellent education, cutting-edge fundamental research and direct transfer of new knowledge into society. Over 30,000 people from more than 120 countries find our university to be a place that promotes independent thinking and an environment that inspires excellence. Located in the heart of Europe, yet forging connections all over the world, we work together to develop solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow.